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Dave Matthews Band: Cops arrest man who allegedly attempted to plant bomb in Chicago after DMB show


dave_matthews_bandImage Credit: Danny ClinchLate on Saturday night, police in Chicago arrested a Lebanese immigrant who they say attempted to plant a bomb near Wrigley Field, shortly after the Dave Matthews Band had played a show at the venue. According to the Chicago Tribune, Sami Samir Hassoun deposited the device just feet away from a neighborhood bar and was then detained by a swarm of Chicago police and FBI agents. Authorities say Hassoun timed the attack to cause massive casualties and expected to destroy half a block.

The FBI had been tracking Hassoun for some time and the “bomb” was in fact a harmless device which undercover agents had given him earlier in the day. The Tribune also reported Hassoun was prompted to plan the alleged attack by a bizarre desire to undermine Mayor Richard Daley’s political support and allow an associate to take control of the city.

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Originally posted September 21 2010 — 12:19 PM EDT

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